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There are many resources available for Canadian businesses and individuals. Have a look through the variety of resources offered from funding opportunities to services offered to better the business economy. There are a variety of resources offered nationally and exclusively to Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Employment Funding

Offered by Labour and Advanced Education

The Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP) provides wage assistance to organizations that offer career-related work experiences for university and college co-operative students. The program helpers employers higher post secondary students for co-operative education work placements. Students must be enrolled in a Nova Scotia university or college that has a co-operative education program.

Eligibility

You can apply for this program if you:

  • Are a private sector, government-funded, non-profit, or charitable organization, social enterprises or municipality
  • Willingness to hire a co-operative education student for a 12-16 week work term
  • A wage that is minimum %15 per hour, plus vacation pay for 32.5-40 hours per work week.

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Offered by Labour and Advanced Education

Graduate to opportunity (GTO) aims to build a stronger workforce which will help retain young people graduating in nova Scotia with a salary incentive that will open more jobs. By applying to this subsidiary the Nova Scotia government will cover a portion of the graduates salary for the first two years.

Eligibility

You can apply for the subsidy if you are:

  • A small business with less than 100 employees
  • A start-up company incorporated within two years of the application date
  • A social enterprise, non-for-profit organization, or registered and recognized charity

Deadlines

Apply between 15 December 2018 and 31 January 2019 for the Summer 2019 co-op term.

Apply between 15 April and 16 May 2019 for the Fall 2019 co-op term.

Apply between 15 August and 15 September 2019 for the Winter 2020 co-op term

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Offered by Labour and Advanced Education

Innovate to opportunity (ITO) provides an incentive to hire recent masters and PhD grads for jobs focused on research and innovation. The program is aimed to help businesses become more innovative and help prepare to expand exports by creating new positions for recent well-educated graduates.

Eligibility

The program is eligible to small-medium sized businesses with up to 500 full-time employees operating in Nova Scotia. Also if:

  • You are based in Nova Scotia
  • You are focused on innovation
  • You will pay at least $60,000 a year

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Offered by Employment Nova Scotia

The START program aims to encourage employers to hire Nova Scotians who require work experience who are ready-to-work. Financial Incentives will be provided based on type of employment and skill level of the employee.

Eligibility Participants:

  • You are unemployed;
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally entitled to work in Canada and are a Nova Scotia resident; or
  • You are an international graduate who meets eligibility requirements.

Organizations START is available to:

  • All businesses, organizations (Not for profit and Social Enterprises) that have business locations and jobs in Nova Scotia. The START program has a focus on small to medium sized enterprises.
  • Companies with headquarters outside of Nova Scotia are eligible to apply only if they also have a physical location in Nova Scotia.

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Offered by Labour and Advanced Education

SKILL helps registered charities and societies offer summer jobs to post-secondary students.

Eligible employers can hire students for terms of 8-14 weeks in the summer. You’ll receive a subsidy of $8.85 per hour for the wages you pay to your student employees .

Eligibility

Organizations can apply for the subsidy if they:

  • are a not-for-profit organization registered as a charity or active society with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • plan to hire a university or college student for 8-14 weeks between April and August
  • pay their summer student-employee minimum wage or more (plus vacation pay) for 30 to 35 hours of work per week
  • aren’t receiving funding from any other government employment program for the same position

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Skill Development Resources

If you are a small business in Nova Scotia with less than 50 employees, you may be eligible for up to 100% of your training costs to be covered up to $10,000. For larger businesses, WIPSI provides up to 50% of direct training costs. WIPSI may also cover other expenses such as travel, books for participants and accommodation costs for persons with disabilities.

What to Consider Before You Apply

Is your business

  • Located in Nova Scotia
  • Registered and active in the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies or incorporated by an Act of the Nova Scotia Legislature
  • Over one calendar year into operations
  • Generating directly or representing businesses (e.g. Sector councils) that have at least thirty percent (30%) of revenues from commercial activity*
  • Producing a minimum of $25,000 in wages or owner remuneration
  • Not solely generating profit from wholesale, retail, and accommodations and foodservices (e.g. businesses that manufacture and sell products)?

*Exceptions may be made if your sector has a strategic value for NS. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. See WIPSI guidelines for more details on eligible sectors.

*Organizations/associations representing wholesale, retail, accommodations and food services are eligible to apply for WIPSI funding.

Categories of training that are typically funded through WIPSI include: information technology; training on new equipment; technical training; workflow systems and processes; or other training that will benefit your business or organization and that are not typically funded through other government programs.

There are certain types of training that ARE NOT eligible such as: mandatory training; internal training; conference participation fees; administrative fees for hosting a conference; consulting or coaching services; and training outside of NS that has comparable outcomes to training offered in the Province.

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The Workplace Education Initiative promotes learning at work and supports the development of your workers by increasing workplace skills.

Workplace Education Coordinators are available to help you assess the learning needs of your business, recommend education programs for your workers, help you apply for funding that is available to cover the cost of an instructor, and provide support while your program is taking place.

Workplace Education programs are partnerships between employers, employees and government based on:

  • Building workplace expertise
  • Promoting understanding
  • Best practice
  • Cost effectiveness for the workplace

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SkillsonlineNS is a partnership between Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education, CBDC & Bluedrop that gives every resident of the province access to thousands of FREE online courses on the most important workplace topics to improve their skills and career prospects.

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Export Resources

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps companies navigate the complexities of international markets and make better business decisions. The TCS is on the ground in more than 160 cities worldwide. We gain market intelligence, uncover opportunities for Canadian companies and help reduce business costs and risks. The TCS is a free service of the Government of Canada, helping companies to prepare for international markets, assess market potential, find qualified contacts and resolve business problems. In addition, the TCS’ CanExport program provides direct financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) registered in Canada to help them develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets.

To learn more about CanExport and how the Trade Commissioner Service can help your company reach new international markets, please contact Alexandre Lanteigne at alexandre.lanteigne@international.gc.ca or at (902)426-2466.

The Nova Scotia Business Inc. strives to create new jobs across the province. They believe in the talent Nova Scotia has, as well as the qualities relating to Nova Scotia such as the geographic location, reputation and companies with world-leading operations established here. The Nova Scotia  Business Inc. is working with many companies to help with discovering new exports. Learn more 

Canada Employment Funding

Offered by the Youth Employment Strategy

The Canada summer jobs program is committed to providing quality work experience for young people between the ages of 15-30. The core focus of the program is to help with gaining new work skills, experience, and abilities to help enter the labour workforce.

This program is available to:

  • Not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, private-sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees
  • Individuals between 15-30 years old

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Offered by ESDC

The Student Work Placement program is planning to create 11,500 paid student work placements for post secondary students in STEM programs such as science, engineering, math and business programs. The program will allow students to gain work experience in their field of study by providing wage subsidies (up to 70%) to employers and creating partnerships with colleges, universities, polytechnics and CEGEPs.

Partner programs:

Information & Communication Technology Council: WIL Digital

Venture for Canada: Atlantic Internship Program

MaRS Discovery District: MaRS Talent Development Student Work Placement Program

Information Technology Association of Canada: Career Ready Program (2019 deadline has passed)

Biotalent Canada: Student Work Placement Program

Environmental Careers Organization of Canada: ECO Canada Co-op Funding

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace: Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

Mining Industry Human Resources Council: Gearing Up

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • A student with Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or refugee status.
  • Enrolled in a STEM program at a post secondary institution.

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Offered by ESDC

The Canada Job Grant program offers funding towards the cost of training provided by third-party trainers such as community or career colleges, trade union centres or private trainers. The program offers training in a number of areas such as truck and transport mechanics, carpentry, computer science, engineering and other workplace skills.

Eligibility Any business, including not-for-profit organizations, with a plan to train Canadians for a new or better job is eligible to apply.

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Offered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

Canada Green Corps programme can help employer partners potentially receive up to $11,000 to subsidize the wages of the intern. The program is prioritizing competitive wages for youth and encourages employers to offer wages of $20 per hour, but it is NOT required to apply. Internships must have a STEM focus and be 6 months long, beginning by September 30, 2019 (or as close to then as possible).

Eligibility Youth must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at time of intake, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or those who have been granted refugee status in Canada, be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations, not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at the time of the placement, not be a full-time student or co-op student, and must be unemployed or underemployed

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Business Resources

Offered by Mitacs

Mitacs offers a program to businesses involved in research projects so that students can gain experience in their area of study and use the knowledge to help overcome challenges businesses may be facing.

Eligibility

  • Eligible for-profit corporations in Canada and not-for-profit corporations in Canada
  • For-profit businesses operating outside Canada
  • Under the Accelerate Entrepreneur initiative, eligible intern-owned start-ups at approved incubators. Contact accelerate@mitacs.ca to confirm your start-up’s eligibility
  • Not-for-profit corporation eligibility and project economic orientation must be assessed prior to proposal submission
  • All sectors

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Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) is a federal tax incentive program that encourages Canadian businesses of any size and of any sector to conduct research and development in Canada. Businesses can earn up to 35% and at least 15% in tax credits if qualified. To qualify for the SR&ED the research must be basic or applied, or experimental development to solve problems.

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The Canada Business Network provides resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing. Visit the Canada Business Network web page for wage subsidy programs that may apply to your business.

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Offered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 

ACOA programs has a number of Business development programs focused in different sectors such as technology adoption, market development, innovation and productivity  of business skills initiative. The productivity and Business Skills Initiative provides financial assistance up to 75 per cent of the eligible costs. The ACOA programs would be beneficial to Atlantic Canadian businesses that are small to medium sized that are in need of efficiency, product quality and environmental management plans.

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Employers in Nova Scotia are facing increasing recruitment and retention challenges. Demographic trends are having major impacts on the labour market. As fewer and fewer young people enter the workforce and the number of retirees increases, employers find themselves in even greater competition for a shrinking pool of available workers.

Being able to find and keep the right workers, motivate them, and develop their skills is critical for attracting, hiring and retaining workers. The NS Works Human Resources Toolkit (the HR Toolkit) was designed to provide information and resources to help employers achieve these goals and compete in today’s market place.

Nova Scotia Works has experts on hand throughout the Province to help you find, hire, develop and keep the talent you need. Contact an Employer Engagement Specialist in a Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre near you to learn more about the HR Toolkit and other Provincial initiatives to support worker recruitment, development and retention in Nova Scotia.

HR Resources

Employers who tap into the full potential of the province’s workforce by building a welcoming and inclusive work environment are poised to better attract and retain workers and compete more effectively than those who remain unprepared.

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Employers in Nova Scotia are facing increasing recruitment and retention challenges. Demographic trends are having major impacts on the labour market. As fewer and fewer young people enter the workforce and the number of retirees increases, employers find themselves in even greater competition for a shrinking pool of available workers.

Being able to find and keep the right workers, motivate them, and develop their skills is critical for attracting, hiring and retaining workers. The NS Works Human Resources Toolkit (the HR Toolkit) was designed to provide information and resources to help employers achieve these goals and compete in today’s market place.

Nova Scotia Works has experts on hand throughout the Province to help you find, hire, develop and keep the talent you need. Contact an Employer Engagement Specialist in a Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre near you to learn more about the HR Toolkit and other Provincial initiatives to support worker recruitment, development and retention in Nova Scotia.